Sheriff's Office identifies man killed in San Luis Obispo plane crash

newsroom@thetribunenews.comJune 27, 2013 

Authorities have confirmed the identity of the man killed in Monday’s plane crash in San Luis Obispo.

Friends and relatives previously identified San Luis Obispo resident Scott Morgan Metzger, 44, as the pilot and sole occupant of a small twin-engine plane that crashed around 12:55 p.m. Monday near the Promega Biosciences building on Granada Drive.

On Thursday, the coroner’s unit of the county Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Metzger was the one flying the plane.

Because of the extent of the injuries Metzger suffered in the crash, authorities initially thought DNA analysis would be needed to make a positive identification, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla said.

During the course of Wednesday's autopsy, a tattoo was discovered, Cipolla said. Metzger’s family confirmed that it belonged to him.

On Monday, Metzger had just taken off from the San Luis Obispo Regional Airport when he reported trouble, and soon crashed into a FedEx truck.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is still investigating the cause of the incident.

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